This Week 17-23 March

From St. Patrick’s Day to TFIF happy hour and a free bonus track for our Inside Buenos Aires readers, a look ahead at the coming week…

Monday

Happening all day today, Buenos Aires celebrates all things Irish, and with good reason – Argentina has the fifth-largest Irish community in the world and so it’s the perfect excuse to go wild on a Monday night. Our pick takes place at expat haunt Magdalena’s Party, which will start things early – from 5pm, scoff down bangers and mash and down green pints and Irish whiskey. The bar will also hold its Second Annual Irishman of the Year contest, in which eight Irishmen and women compete to take home the accolade – they will be chosen based on ability, character, dedication and spirit. Magdalena’s Party, Thames and Costa Rica, Palermo Soho.

Via Magdalena's Party

Via Magdalena’s Party

 

Inside Buenos Aires is also thrilled to invite our readers to download a free track from Raglans, the Irish folk-rock band creating waves on the music scene. Their eponymous debut album is out on March 29 so hit up this link to grab your FREE copy, Limited to the first 200 downloads so get clicking!

Courtesy of K1 Entertainment

Courtesy of K1 Entertainment

Plus this week’s One Table is fully booked so it’s time to be extremely unArgentine and think ahead to next week! Reservations: 3220-6820.

Tuesday

Over at Blanch in Las Cañitas, a new edition of Cocina Intervenida takes place with shrimp fan Joey Lin taking over the kitchen for this one-off event that will set to make US southerners homesick for their food. Joey will be whipping up kilos of shellfish for Cajun Shrimp Boil, so go hungry because it’s all you can eat. Reservation only, 180 pesos, Andrés Arguibel 2813, Las Cañitas.

Via Blanch

Via Blanch

Wednesday

Following its glorious success, Usted Está Aquí, the interactive theater experience by directors Natalia Chami and Romina Bulacio Sak returns for a second season. Without spoiling the plot, prepare for the unexpected as you’re transported to different towns, cities, countries and situations courtesy of a huge cast. Four shows, from 8pm, Ciudad Cultural Konex, Sarmiento 3131, Almagro. 100 pesos.

Courtesy of Usted Está Aquí Experience

Courtesy of Usted Está Aquí Experience

Thursday

Franco-Argentine tenor Yamil Le Parc, son of the famed artist Julio, takes to the stage for the third in a series of shows entitled Chansons & Tangos. Expect melodies from the likes of Michel Legrand, Kurt Weil and Astor Piazzolla. Clasica y Moderna, Callao 892, 9pm, Tel: 4813-6977.

 

Friday

Boom! TFIF – our much-loved monthly happy hour – is on tonight! Hernán Gipponi whips up tempting tapas, while guest bartender Fede Cuco delights with some cocktail faves – the Ginger Smash is always a big hit. Music comes from the delectable Buddha Beats duo.

Courtesy of Jocelyn Mandryk

Courtesy of Jocelyn Mandryk

Weekend

One of Argentina’s musical revelations on the digital cumbia scene, El Remolón launches his latest album Selva with a free gig in the Botanical Garden on Saturday. With a supporting cast including ZZK record label stable mate Villa Diamante, this afternoon session is sure to be a blast. From 2.30pm, Jardín Botánico, Palermo.

Via El Remolón

Via El Remolón

Guest blogger: Fede Cuco’s Taste of Britain

cucoThe Fierro’s guest bartender Fede Cuco shares his favorite spots to indulge in British culture in Buenos Aires.

I don’t really know why I like the British culture and food scene.

But I remember the first time I met it, when I was little, nine years old. I had an English neighbor, Mrs. Owen. I remember coming back from school and I didn’t have any keys so I sat down and waited for my mum to arrive. But my neighbor felt sorry for me and invited me in for tea.

Chipper, courtesy of Pick Up The Fork

Chipper, courtesy of Pick Up The Fork

Tea, in a home like mine with Italian heritage, was a little bag in a mug heated up in the microwave.

At my neighbor’s house, it was something else – almost a ritual – the teapot, the porcelain cups, Earl Grey  with toast, jam, cheese plus a good manners class thrown in: “Federico, you have to learn to be a gentleman,” she said.

When I was older, my work as a bartender naturally led me to meet gin and I’m a big fan of gin – although my favorite is Beefeater, it’s hard to find Sipsmith or Jensen in Buenos Aires other than at my bar.

I’ve worked in several pubs and among other things, I discovered that every man has his own recipe for Gin & Tonic and Bloody Mary.

Bangalore, courtesy of BsAs Mapas

Bangalore, courtesy of BsAs Mapas

I  married a lady from a family with British descendancy, so I also discovered things such as banana bread – my life was never the same after that. In our kitchen at home, for example, you can always find curry or good tea.

At Inés Rosalind’s grandma’s house, you would always be fed well and for my palate, exotically: a Lea & Perrins sauce with meat, curry and beautiful cakes at tea time.

And coming up now, a funny anecdote dating back to when I went to live with my wife. The first thing my mother-in-law did was give us a teapot. We had a completely bare house, we didn’t have anything but, we had to drink tea correctly.

Pint at Bangalore courtesy of DoNotLick on Flickr

Pint at Bangalore courtesy of DoNotLick on Flickr

In Buenos Aires and outside of my home, you can find British flavors in several places. My favorites come down to the atmosphere, such as The Gibraltar in San Telmo, which has a good selection of beers and finger food…. I don’t know how to explain it but it has that pub feeling, of a real pub.

I also like Cunningham in Martínez in the suburbs, a dark place with comfy chair where you can have a beer or a Gin & Tonic and enjoy bar snacks. It also has a plus because it’s inside the train station building and as everyone knows, those building were constructed by the English when they built the railway lines.

I love Chipper for their fish and chips – cod and chips with curry sauce is my favorite, and also my son’s favorite.

The Gibraltar courtesy of La Nación

The Gibraltar courtesy of La Nación

I also like the Bangalore Pub & Curry House (Humboldt 1416, Palermo Hollywood) for a Gin & Tonic pitcher with a curry to accompany it – they do a mix of curries you can pick at, which is amazing.

That said, though, I don’t think anything is better than an English mother-in-law who makes you something tasty at home.

And if you miss these flavors, particularly a Pimm’s Cup, I’ve created a few cocktails in my time and would like to share one of my recipes with you.

Sorrelita

In a pitcher of Clericot with plenty of ice, add:

1 cup of London Dry Gin

Half a cup of Earl Grey tea

Quarter of a cup of Martini Rosso

Quarter of a cup of Aperol

Add cucumber, orange and lime slice to taste

Finish with a splash of soda

Cheers!

Fede Cuco is the Fierro Hotel’s guest bartender for TFIF happy hour, and is the head bartender at Verne Club in Palermo.  

This Week 17-23 February

And it’s all about what you put in your mouth this week. From the Petit Marché to One Table and Cocina sin Fronteras, it’s a great week to be hungry in Buenos Aires.

 

Monday

Courtesy of Jocelyn Mandryk

Courtesy of Jocelyn Mandryk

Tonight’s One Table might already be fully booked – that tempting sirloin rump steak smoked in apple wood on today’s menu was clearly a sure-fire meal winner – so it’s full-steam ahead on the bookings front for the next few Mondays. Our chef Hernán Gipponi changes up his chef’s table menu each week, executive sommelier Andrés Rosberg picks the wine and the ensemble that is One Table is complete. Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood.

 

Tuesday

Courtesy of RAW Fest.

Courtesy of RAW Fest

RAW Fest kicks off today for until Saturday for the first in a line of alternative eating and lifestyle events. Organized by Faena and Raw Club, RAW Fest will host various talks from local experts who will share their knowledge about raw diets, rebirthing and yoga. Subscritpion is daily and includes a live lunch, with yoga classes held by the Faena Hotel’s spa director Agustina Caminos. Faena Arts Center, Aime Paine 1169, Puerto Madero.

 

There’s more kitchen syncing when Daniel Kantorowicz takes over the kitchen at Blanch Restaurant, with the noble assistance of course, from Blanch’s owner Diego Rizzi. Expect poetry in motion as well as poetic dishes from the pop-up team. From 9pm, Andrés Arguibel 2813, Las Cañitas.

Thursday

Courtesy of Nicolas Faig

Courtesy of Nicolas Faig

One of BA’s more successful party nights is High on the Roof. Last year, the event took over the rooftop at La panadería de Pablo opposite a stunning church in Montserrat and the 13th floor at the Pulitzer; fresh for 2014, it’s takes place at Primafila at the BA Design Center. With music from Zuker, Santiago Martinez and Rumanians, this is guest list only so be sure to email over your details. From 8pm until 1am, Primafila,  Pueyrredón 2501, Recoleta.

 

Friday

Courtesy of Jocelyn Mandryk

Courtesy of Jocelyn Mandryk

Our monthly happy hour is back! That’s right, Thank Fierro It’s Friday returns for another evening of cocktail sipping and tapas picking in our gorgeous back garden. Tapas by Hernán Gipponi, drinks by Fede Cuco, music by Buddha Beats. For the tapas and drinks list, visit our Facebook page, and check out this blog for a look at what happened last time… 7pm to 10pm, Fierro Hotel, Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood.

 

Weekend

Leonardo Choi courtesy of El Baqeuano

Leonardo Choi courtesy of El Baqeuano

 

One innovative dining event that takes place on a monthly basis is Cocina sin Fronteras. Chef and owner of San Telmo’s El Baqueano, Fernando Rivarola, invites his fellow chefs and friends from around Argentina and South America to literally cook without borders together. Saturday sees Argentine chef Leonardo Choi and Peruvian-Nikkei chef Mitsuharu Tsumura team up with Rivarola for a six-handed, 12-course tasting menu. Expect ceviche, alligator gyoza and slow-cooked Wagyu beef among other creations. 8pm, Chile 499, San Telmo. Tel: 4342-0802.

 

Courtesy of Buenos Aires Market

Courtesy of Buenos Aires Market

 

Also this weekend, Buenos Aires Market makes its debut in  the Palermo Hollywood-Colegiales borders, Two days of food fair fun will take place at El Dorrego, Zapiola 50, Colegiales. From midday, Saturday and Sunday. SAVE THE DATE: Next week is all about fashion and style. BA Fashion Week swings into action, as does La Ciudad Es Moda.

 

And for the Francohiles, the Petit Marché makes a welcome return to the market scene on Sunday. For one day only, crepes and eclairs and all manner of yummy French-ness will be happening. More info here.